Aug 31, 2022

Member of the Board of Trustees

  • Judge Baker Children's Center dba The Baker Center for Children and Families
  • Remote (Boston, MA, USA)
Board Member Finance/Accounting Strategic Planning

Job Description

Judge Baker Children's Center, dba The Baker Center for Children and Families (The Baker Center) seeks dynamic new members for our Board of Trustees who want to make a difference during this critical time when vulnerable children need our help more than ever before. Our Trustees are champions for The Baker Center, and connect us with potential partners, supporters, and donors. This is an extraordinary volunteer opportunity for an individual who has a desire to contribute their skills and expertise as a member of a highly engaged Board.

The Board supports the work of The Baker Center and provides mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While day-to-day operations are led by The Baker Center’s President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and senior management team, the Board-CEO relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

The Baker Center values and celebrates the range of diversity, culture, and unique differences in the communities we serve. To fully realize The Baker Center’s mission, we have made a commitment to focus on diversity in our Board recruitment efforts.

As an organization we will deepen and change our culture and environment, embracing inclusiveness by:

  • Attracting Trustees with a wide range of personal and professional experiences
  • Attracting and retaining racial diversity at all levels of our organization including board, staff,      volunteers, and community partners
  • Incorporating the importance of age diversity in our Board of Trustees
  • Incorporating diverse perspectives to achieve relevant and innovative programming

We are intentional in our efforts to recruit diverse Trustees, staff, and volunteers and to cultivate an environment in which all who engage in our organization feel included, respected, and embraced.

Specific Board of Trustee responsibilities include:

Leadership, governance, and oversight

  • Serving as a trusted advisor to the CEO as they develop and implement The Baker Center’s strategic plan 
  • Reviewing outcomes and metrics created by The Baker Center for evaluating its impact, and regularly measuring its performance and effectiveness using those metrics; reviewing agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings 
  • Approving The Baker Center’s annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions; being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities 
  • Contributing to an annual performance evaluation of the CEO 
  • Assisting the CEO and board chair in identifying and recruiting other Trustees
  • Partnering with the CEO and other Trustees to ensure that board resolutions are executed
  • Serving on committees or task forces and taking on special assignments (current standing committees include Executive; Finance; Development; Governance & Nominating; External Affairs & Communications; and Facilities & Real Estate)
  • Representing The Baker Center to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organization 
  • Ensuring The Baker Center’s commitment to a diverse board and staff that reflects the communities The Baker Center serves
  • Actively supporting the CEO’s strategic priorities and development efforts

 Fundraising

Trustees will consider The Baker Center a philanthropic priority and make annual gifts to support the organization. The Baker Center expects to have 100 percent of Trustees make an annual contribution that is commensurate with their capacity so that The Baker Center can credibly solicit contributions from foundations, organizations, and individuals. It is expected that trustees will take an active role in fundraising, host or attend fundraising events, and utilize their networks to identify potential donors and supporters of the organization. As a nonprofit organization serving children and families, fundraising is key responsibility of our Board of Trustees.

Hiring Organization

Judge Baker Children's Center dba The Baker Center for Children and Families

Qualifications

This is a fantastic opportunity for an individual who is enthusiastic about The Baker Center’s mission, dedicated to “improving the lives of children,” and who has a history of leadership. Trustees should have experience in business, government, healthcare, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector.

Ideal candidates will have one or more of the following qualifications:

  • Extensive professional experience with significant executive leadership accomplishments in business, government, healthcare, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector 
  • While all business backgrounds are welcome, The Baker Center is actively seeking candidates with experience in the financial sector
  • A commitment to and understanding of The Baker Center’s beneficiaries, preferably based on personal experience 
  • Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals 
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives of The Baker Center’s beneficiaries
  • An understanding of the culture of philanthropy and a desire to partner with trustees and staff in institutional development efforts.

**Service on The Baker Center’s Board of Trustees is a volunteer position without remuneration.

Industry/Service Area

Education, Mental Health/Crisis Intervention

Level

Board

Benefits

Meetings take place in-person, via conference call and videoconference.

Application Instructions

Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to Christina Minassian – cokeefe@bakercenter.org – to begin the process. The Governance and Nominating Committee will review all candidates.


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